(NC)—As the days get longer and the weather improves, this is the time to make sure that our homes or rental properties are well maintained. Here are a few do-it-yourself projects to tackle in and out of spring showers:
• Update your attic insulation. This will help to save on energy consumption and will keep your house cooler in the summer months. Popular is a product called Roxul RockFill. It is quick to apply and this one step will reduce the work (and energy bills) of your air conditioning unit during the dog days of summer.
• Clean out your gutters. During the fall, your home’s gutters may have been clogged with falling leaves. With spring showers in the forecast, this is a good time to clean them out and install gutter guards.
• Prep your deck for entertaining. A good clean will ensure that your deck space is inviting for summer entertaining and by tackling this task early you’ll have your feet up in no time. Also, pull out your patio furniture and give it a quick wash as it may have collected dust and dirt during the off season.
• Plan your gardens. Begin researching plants and consider planting perennials that will return each year. Fresh herbs and vegetables are also good choices to fill spaces in the garden and be a tasty addition to any dish.
Scott McGillivray is a full-time real estate investor, contractor, television host, writer, and educator.